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Oct
23
Wed
Jimmy Bowskill and the Hometown Beauts
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm

Jimmy Bowskill is a multi-instrumentalist whose professional career stared at age 11 when discovered by Jeff Healey.  Immediately his first recording session was set up which led to Jimmy being the youngest Juno nominee ever.

He spent the next decade plus touring North America and Europe, released 6 critically acclaimed albums and shared billings with Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Dickey Betts, Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash and dozens more while selling out theatres and halls as a headliner.

Jimmy currently plays lead guitar for The Sheepdogs (the only Canadian group to make the cover of Rolling Stone) and he plays Pedal Steel, Mandolin and Violin for Blue Rodeo, two of Canada’s biggest bands. He is a sought after studio musician as it generally only takes him one take to get his part down (also playing keys, mandolin, pedal steel and doing string arrangements) and on top of this he has perfect pitch. His latest project was playing on and co-producing the latest Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo’s solo album.

Accompanying Jimmy is Ian McKeown, Bowskill’s right hand man. Ian has been playing music with Jim for 5 years, involved in several of his projects, playing  drums  in Jim’s Rock Band, Bass in Jim’s Blues Band and Dobro in Jim’s Bluegrass Band. Ian lives in Toronto and is another sought after multi-instrumentalist.

This will be an incredible evening of original songs, Roots and Blues Classics and some fine pickin’. 

Oct
25
Fri
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher @ Old Church Theatre

Please join us for a glass or two of local wine, or a pint or two of local beer, and a one-act play or two by local playwright Peter Paylor. Make that three plays – and every one of them a world premiere.


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A Wedding in (Mostly) White

What do you get when you have four random elements and 24 hours to put them into a play? If the elements are domestic pigeons, an ultimatum, a pay phone, and a recurring slogan, you might get A Wedding in (Mostly) White. Directed by Lesley Bonisteel from the original script, it’s the age-old story of a bride, a groom, a bird guy, and the kind of wedding day dilemma that only a used car salesman can solve.

The Black Chair

Paul is taking pictures of ordinary people in an empty room, interacting with an old chair. Mary is there to let him in. That’s about all there is to The Black Chair, a bittersweet, moving, funny, and poignant collection of tour de force performances by members of the Old Church Theatre Workshop.

The Consultants

Timothy wants nothing more than to get to work – he’s got a shift at his part-time job – but unfortunately he’s inherited a fortune and now he has to visit Liz and Pat, the consultants, before he can do anything else. Directed by the playwright, The Consultants is a comic romp through days gone by when shop girls were shop girls and a house was more than a home.

Oct
26
Sat
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher @ Old Church Theatre

Please join us for a glass or two of local wine (or a pint or two of local beer) and a one-act play or two by local playwright Peter Paylor. Make that three plays – and every one of them a world premiere.


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A Wedding in (Mostly) White

What do you get when you have four random elements and 24 hours to put them into a play? If the elements are domestic pigeons, an ultimatum, a pay phone, and a recurring slogan, you might get A Wedding in (Mostly) White. Directed by Lesley Bonisteel from the original script, it’s the age-old story of a bride, a groom, a bird guy, and the kind of wedding day dilemma that only a used car salesman can solve.

The Black Chair

Paul is taking pictures of ordinary people in an empty room, interacting with an old chair. Mary is there to let him in. That’s about all there is to The Black Chair, a bittersweet, moving, funny, and poignant collection of tour de force performances by members of the Old Church Theatre Workshop.

The Consultants

Timothy wants nothing more than to get to work – he’s got a shift at his part-time job – but unfortunately he’s inherited a fortune and now he has to visit Liz and Pat, the consultants, before he can do anything else. Directed by the playwright, The Consultants is a comic romp through days gone by when shop girls were shop girls and a house was more than a home.

Oct
27
Sun
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm
Three Plays & a Pinot, a Pint or a Pitcher @ Old Church Theatre

Please join us for a glass or two of local wine (or a pint or two of local beer) and a one-act play or two by local playwright Peter Paylor. Make that three plays – and every one of them a world premiere.


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A Wedding in (Mostly) White

What do you get when you have four random elements and 24 hours to put them into a play? If the elements are domestic pigeons, an ultimatum, a pay phone, and a recurring slogan, you might get A Wedding in (Mostly) White. Directed by Lesley Bonisteel from the original script, it’s the age-old story of a bride, a groom, a bird guy, and the kind of wedding day dilemma that only a used car salesman can solve.

The Black Chair

Paul is taking pictures of ordinary people in an empty room, interacting with an old chair. Mary is there to let him in. That’s about all there is to The Black Chair, a bittersweet, moving, funny, and poignant collection of tour de force performances by members of the Old Church Theatre Workshop.

The Consultants

Timothy wants nothing more than to get to work – he’s got a shift at his part-time job – but unfortunately he’s inherited a fortune and now he has to visit Liz and Pat, the consultants, before he can do anything else. Directed by the playwright, The Consultants is a comic romp through days gone by when shop girls were shop girls and a house was more than a home.

Oct
30
Wed
House Party
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Nov
2
Sat
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols.


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Carlos has been awarded Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”, they could just as well be called “The Jazz Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

 

 

For more information about Carlos: http://www.carlosdeljunco.com

 

photo - Milton Young

photo – Milton Young

2010 JUNO NOMINATION for STEADY MOVIN’ cd

1997 – 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year – EIGHT time WINNER

2005 “Best Blues” Award – NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON

1998 JUNO NOMINATION for BIG BOY cd

1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award: Jazz Report Magazine

1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

QUOTES:

“…a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso..
Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail

“One listen to the man who bent his first notes on the harmonica at the age of fourteen and it’s obvious he’s in a class with such greats as Toots Theilemans, Paul Butterfield, and Howard Levy…
Peter North – The Edmonton Journal

“FOUR (out of 4) STARS – Latest Cd Review: MONGREL MASH
It’s not likely that you’ll ever hear the harmonica played so well and in so many different ways than at the hands of Cuban-born Torontonian Carlos del Junco. But what makes his album an especial treat is the sheer let’s-do-it positive energy that radiates from the eclectic collection of nine tracks. Mongrel Mash refers to the crazy mix of styles, ranging from deep, heavy-duty blues-rock (“Mojo”) to Herb Alpert’s slightly cheesy “Slick,” and jivin’ “Lil’ Laptop” to sweet, rootsy ballad “The Field,” which arrives via languid dobro set-up. Del Junco may be the headliner, but the songs and arrangements shine the light on an excellent band of equals who all get some time in the sonic spotlight. There is something here to put a smile on anyone’s face — and it only gets better with each listen. My favourite: Del Junco’s own “My Favourite Uncle,” a gently hip-swinging sweep down Louisiana way.
John Terauds – TORONTO STAR

Nov
6
Wed
House Party
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Nov
8
Fri
2ish
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm

2ish is the musical collaboration between virtuoso instrumentalists Brandon Scott Besharah: acoustic fingerstyle guitar, hurdy gurdy and saxophones and Saskia Tomkins: nyckelharpa, viola and violin.


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The music of 2ish has been described as a “ living film score”, or as the style often referred to as “Heavy Wood”. Purely instrumental, their original compositions often remind the listener of music once created by the artists Michael Hedges, Oliver Schroer, Stefane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.

  

Saskia Tomkins, nyckelharpa, viola, violin

 

Saskia was born in the UK and began playing classical violin at 7 years old. She discovered folk music at 11 years, and jazz at 17. Because of her very mixed heritage, she enjoys exploring and connecting to each of these through the music.

Saskia gained a B.A.hons in Jazz from Middlesex University in London, UK, where her biggest influential teachers were Stuart Hall (from Loose Tubes), who introduced her to a myriad of music genres. Chris Batchelor (Julian Argüelles group) and classically, Mike Thomas from the Brodsky String Quartet.

Since then, Saskia has travelled the world learning different violin genres, playing with people such as Laurie Anderson, John Etheridge, Sin E, Uriah Heep, The English Shakespeare Company, The Chieftains, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and various Dance and Theatre troupes. She has done much work with dancers and theatre companies and taught many summer schools.

Her recording career covers over 30 albums and numerous Radio broadcasts including work for the BBC. She is an all Britain Irish Fiddle Champion. Since arriving in Canada in 2007 with her family, she has been embraced by the music community. Saskia is currently working with 4th Line Theatre Company and Mackenzie Roe Theatre Company; with an Irish/Canadian trio, Cairdeas: is principle viola in the Northumberland Symphony Orchestra and co-runs an Irish session in Bowmanville.

Saskia frequently works with 4th Line Theatre Company, David Newland, Kim Doolittle, an Irish/Canadian trio, Cairdeas which includes her husband Steafan Hannigan, and is principle 2nd violin in the Quinte Symphony Orchestra.

Brandon Scott Besharah, multi instrumentalist, composer, performer, educator.

Brandon has studied advanced acoustic guitar technique in France under Pierre Bensusan, and with Canadian guitarist Don Ross for two years. He also studied Jazz saxophone under Kirk MacDonald. and Jazz theory under New York based musician Barry Harris as a participant in his workshops.

Brandon has performed with  Don Thompson, Oliver Schroer, Don Ross, Haygood Hardy, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbara, Mae Moore to name but a few. He has shared performances with Jeff Healy, Ani Defranco, Lighthouse, Colin James, Michelle Wright, Jane Bunnet, Albert King and other well established artists. Brandon currently works out of Toronto Canada as a music educator, composer and session musician.

He has made several appearances on all the major television networks and has had his music video “Try” played regularly on Much Music. Brandon’s instrumental prowess was also featured on the 1998 Juno Award winning album by Judy and David. He had also composed the theme for the 2001 Juno Awards.

Brandon has been awarded several Ontario Arts Council, Factor, VideoFact and Canada Arts Council Grants for several projects during his career.
He had won the award for Best Performer of the year on CIUT’s “Acoustic Workshop” radio show. Brandon has also spent two years working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a member of their orchestra, and as assistant Musical Director, traveling all over the world playing music.

Through the North Toronto school of music, and privately, Brandon has been teaching Guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone and music theory for over 25 years.
Brandon works out of Toronto as a busy session musician and sought-after composer. He has provided over 300 original compositions that include 24 string quartet pieces, a retail acoustic guitar package for Sound Ideas , Rock, Jazz, Funk and World Library music for CTV Music, French Cafe music for Nightingale Music and many thematic titles for use in feature films.

John Northcott, host of CBC’s Entertainment Tonight, said in reference to Brandon that,“when you cross a jazz saxophone player with a guitarist, the result is some remarkable guitar work!”

“Outrageously talented!” is how Kingston’s All Folks Festival described Brandon Scott Besharah.

Recording artist and guitarist, Don Ross, says that Brandon is “an impressive performer…a bright light on the acoustic guitar frontier.”

The Amazing Kreskin had this to say about Brandon’s song composed in his honour with wordsmith Lizzy Shanks:“The song is called the Amazing, but you tell them, they’re amazing, these people really did some job! I’m going out to have a ball this next week when I come to Toronto”(the trip he was referring to was to host Besharah’s CD release at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Theatre.)

 

Nov
9
Sat
Lance Isaacs
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm
Lance Isaacs @ Old Church Theatre

Contemporary folk-soul musician Lance Isaacs is a singer/songwriter born and raised on Six Nations, an aboriginal community southwest of Hamilton, ON.

Recognized and revered for his sultry vocals and soulful, melodic compositions, his live performance is both instantly captivating and emotionally engaging.

“Lance Isaacs has one of those voices, a voice people need to
hear” -Ryan Weber, The Weber Brothers 


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The power and potency of his voice is starkly contrasted by a confidence and lighthearted disposition that is at once both endearing and comforting. The broad range and spectrum of his music, which presents everything from woeful themes of self reflection to the celebration of seeking ones own place in the world, culminates in a depth of feeling seldom felt, let alone heard.

One cannot help but think that his original composition “Undercover Man” is somewhat auto biographical as he seems to be an undercover observer of the human experience, one with the innate ability to reflect back to us in vivid detail the feelings we were ourselves already feeling, and the emotions we may have been trying to hide from.

 

Nov
10
Sun
Songs That Won the War
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm

Lenni Stewart, Michael Monis, Harry Ellis and Howard Baer return to the Old Church Theatre on Remembrance Day.   The afternoon will included an array of the unforgettable ‘Songs That Won the War’ from both World Wars.


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Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz & Torch.

With class, sass, charm, sophistication and a dose of The Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone.

Critics describe her as “…an amazing talent” having “…a distinctive vocal magic.  Her voice is beautiful, sensual and vibrant.” An evening with Lenni Stewart  is CLASSY, SASSY, SOPHISTICATED …and unforgettable!

 

Comfortable in any musical style, and active in the Toronto music scene for well over thirty years, Michael Monis has toured extensively and worked both in studio and on stage with countless jazz greats from Moe Koffman to Jane Bunnett.  Son of legendary guitar master Hank Monis, Michael currently resides with his family in Millbrook, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker.  He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm  Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.

 

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

Nov
13
Wed
House Party
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Nov
14
Thu
Daniel Champagne
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm

​One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’

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The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest.   He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).

Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010),  ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014), and ‘Fault Lines’ (2017). His latest release the ‘Satellite City EP’ (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City (out Sept 14), Indigo (out Oct 12), and The Great Divide (out Nov 1).

A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’  –  Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

Nov
15
Fri
“Girls Need Not Apply” – Conversation with Kelly S. Thompson
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm

Join author and former captain in the Canadian Armed Forces, Kelly S. Thompson and Quinte area photographer and writer, Larry Tayler as they discuss Kelly’s debut memoir, Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes From The Forces. 

Donations are accepted at the door and your online donation reserves a seat.  Proceeds from Kelly’s evening will go to the Women Warriors Healing Garden


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BIO
KELLY S. THOMPSON is a former captain in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring after an injury, and is now a writer and editor based out of the Toronto area. She has a degree in Professional Writing from York and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her work has appeared in magazines including Maclean’s, Chatelaine, and Maisonneuve, as well as in various anthologies and collections. Her essay “Basically Broken” appeared in the bestselling 2017 anthology Everyday Heroes. Her essay “We Are a (Military) Family” won the 2013 Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Personal Essay. Her essay “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal” won the 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Personal Essay. This is her first book.

ABOUT THIS BOOK
This inspiring, compelling debut memoir chronicles the experiences of a female captain serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, and her journey to make space for herself in a traditionally masculine world.
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family — she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier — she couldn’t shake the feeling that she didn’t belong.

From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn’t entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism.

In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier.

Girls Need Not Apply is a refreshingly honest story of conviction, determination, and empowerment, and a bit of a love story, too.

Nov
17
Sun
A Small Wee Band
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm
A Small Wee Band @ Old Church Theatre

Influenced by folk musics from all over the world, A Small Wee Band is a contemporary fusion of traditional folk perspectives. Oisin Hannigan (percussion, woodwinds), Georgia Hathaway (violin, mandolin) and Peter Klaassen (double bass, guitar) bring you on a musical tour across the Americas, Ireland, Turkey and the Balkans, offering a new take on old tunes as well as their own original compositions.


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Nov
20
Wed
House Party
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Nov
21
Thu
Gabrielle Papillon
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm
Gabrielle Papillon @ Old Church Theatre

After nearly 10 years in music—that’s six albums, two home bases, countless cross-Canada tours, dozens of flights across the ocean and back—Gabrielle Papillon is looking at a life in music differently. She’s pulling the balance back, away from endless touring and grant paperwork and toward her favourite part about music: The creation of it.

Gabrielle has shared the stage with Ron Sexmith, Amelia Curran, the Head and the Heart, the Strumbellas, Arkells, Ria Mae, Old Man Luedecke, and Hey Rosetta! among others. She has also licensed her music for film and television in Canada, the United States, and Australia with 15 placements over the last three years, including Rookie Blue (USA), Offspring (AUS, Netflix), and This Life (CAN).


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Gabrielle has in recent years turned to co-writing with other writers and producers for their own projects, for sync placement, and to present to other artists. That process includes taking those trans-Atlantic flights to write with multiple producers and songwriters in the UK, finding a special knack with Jonas Persson, and back home in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the likes of pop mastermind Corey LeRue.

What has happened, quite unintentionally, is a new passel of songs for her own catalogue, in addition to the more than 30 collaborations she’s worked on. Writing songs for strangers—culling from Gabrielle’s own life experiences—has offered an openness writing songs solely for herself had not. There is no expectation of genre, or voice, or theme: All that matters is this song, in this moment. So she’s kept some for herself.

Without the framework of an album to consider—though that will come, stay tuned—Gabrielle approached each new track as its own record: What was the song’s intent? What is the sound it needs? Who would be the right producer to get that sound? Why wait two years to have a finished album when you can build it one song at a time, offering the songs as a whole work once they’ve had time to marinate? As she’s reframed her life in the music business, so too has she reframed the making of the music itself, and she’s found a new freedom.

“I am a songwriter first, and I am happiest when I am writing,” she says. “That is my greatest skill. And in this new journey of harnessing it for projects outside of my own artist career, I’ve found some amazing collaborators and discovered a new and unrestrained way of writing for myself. I’ll always play shows and be a performer, but I don’t see the sense in touring for the sake of touring. I want tours and shows to be special and worthwhile.”

Find your freedom in the song, in this moment. It’s the same voice, it’s just getting bigger.

Gabrielle has been very fortunate to have consistent national radio play and support from CBC Radio, in Canada, with songs in regular and high rotation. She has also had a few spotlight plays on BBC Radio 6, and her last album charted on Canadian national campus radio, CBC Radio 2, and the international iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. 

Gabrielle has been touring and playing music full time since 2010 and does particularly well in Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto, usually playing 120 to 200 cap rooms in those three cities. She also plays larger venues and festivals in other cities though often as part of another bill. 

Nov
23
Sat
Al Lerman
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm
Al Lerman @ Old Church Theatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Bluesman Al Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist with a dry wit to boot, he is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country.


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His prowess on the instrument has earned him ten Maple Blues Award nominations. He has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. In 2016 his standout “Slow Burn” disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same  year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for “Acoustic Act Of The Year”. In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough.  His newest album “Northern Bayou” was released on April 12, 2019.

Side projects include the MAPLE BLUES BAND, the house band for the annual Maple Blues Awards show. They have backed guest performers such as Colin James, Shakura S’Aida, Paul Reddick, Duke Robillard and many more. GENIUS + SOUL, led by pianist Lance Anderson, celebrates the music of Ray Charles. Ray’s soulful repertoire gives Al’s big, Texas-style tenor sax a chance to shine. Throughout the years, Al has been active in sharing his adept  harmonica skills, conducting  workshops in schools, music camps and festivals. 

The blues bug bit at a young age when Al was taken to hear the famed duo of SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE at Toronto’s Riverboat coffeehouse. His interest in the music immediately sky-rocketed, and over the years he saw the duo no less than forty times. He discovered many blues greats that were regularly touring through the city. Moving into his twenties while playing in local Toronto blues bands, Al sought out many of his musical heroes, seeking both advice and inspiration. He considers himself fortunate to have sat in with blues giants such as MUDDY WATERS, WILLIE DIXON, KOKO TAYLOR, SUNNYLAND SLIM and many more. A long friendship ensued with Chicago harmonica player CAREY BELL who mentored him on the instrument. Hearing him now, there’s no doubt he has learned his lessons well. 

Nov
24
Sun
Surefire Sweat
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm

Surefire Sweat, is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.


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In this age of electronic dance music and digital wizardry, Surefire Sweat forges ahead with an old-school music-making approach. Full of memorable melodic hooks and toe-tapping rhythms, listeners are carried along by a revolving door of Toronto finest, sweating it out on drums, percussion, guitars and various horns. Sometimes we even sing. Despite being dominantly instrumental in nature, each of the group’s unique pieces is propelled by a narrative: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.

The band has been active on the Toronto music scene performing at various festivals, music series and in clubs and concert venues. Currently the group is developing some new music (with support from The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).

 

Nov
27
Wed
House Party
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Nov
29
Fri
Hank Williams Revisited
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm
Hank Williams Revisited @ Old Church Theatre

The 1950 Tour featuring Hank Williams Revisited and special guest tribute to Ray Price! Get transported back to 1950 with this authentic tribute to the legendary Hank Williams. Revisit over 25 of Hank’s greatest hits including “Cold Cold Heart”, “Hey Good Lookin”, “Jambalaya” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. Special guest tribute to Ray Price will be performed by Mitch Barker.


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Dec
1
Sun
Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm

Newfoundland folk/roots duo Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes are bringing their A Week in December tour to Ontario with a stop at the Old Church Theatre!


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As a songwriter, Ian comes from a place of stories and he knows how to tell them. A multiple MusicNL and ECMA nominee and finalist for the International Songwriting Competition, CBC’s Bob Mersereau described him as being “a fine example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing”.

Ian is joined by long time collaborator and harmony-singer Nancy Hynes as the pair tours with their recently released album A Week in December, which is a mix of classic and hidden gem holiday tracks, as well as two originals penned by Ian. Like the album, there’s something for everyone at this show.

Don’t miss this wonderful evening of music to kick start your holiday season!

 

From the album:

“A Week in December” 

“Old Christmas Day” 

Dec
4
Wed
House Party
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Dec
7
Sat
Rob Lutes
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.


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Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, Walk in the Dark is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada’s finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental Spence).
Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal’s Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes’s soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem Rocky Mountain Time, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. “This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much,” Lutes says. “With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that.”

Dec
11
Wed
House Party
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Dec
14
Sat
Bill Wood & Burke Carroll
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Bill Wood & Burke Carroll @ Old Church Theatre

Bill Wood’s songs have been described as “what happens when 30 years of songwriting, honed over decades of hard life experiences, meet the craftsmanship of a career musician who doesn’t know what it means to compromise.” Paired with the sweet sounds of Burke Carroll’s pedal steel and resophonic guitars, these songs take on the aura of old favourites with a brand-new feel.

Bill & Burke perform original songs that range from heartbreaking ballads to classic country shuffle. You’ll swear you’ve heard those songs before.


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Bill Wood

Bill is the songwriter and front man for Bill Wood and The Woodies, a respected roots rock band on the Southern Ontario circuit.

An industry veteran singer-songwriter and former lead vocalist for Juno-nominees EyeEye, Wood became disillusioned with the music industry’s “star maker machinery,” and stepped away from recording and performing in the early 90s to focus on raising his family and making a living. His experiences as a home renovator, woodworker and both employment and volunteer work with marginalized people have informed and infiltrated his songs. Wood has also had his struggles with addiction. But even while deeply immersed in a life of real-world troubles and triumphs, he’s been writing songs, performing and recording. Those experiences and a lifetime of songwriting discipline are audible in the depth and power of Bill’s original music. Even the newest songs often have the feel of a classic.

Bill has recently moved to Prince Edward County where he is quickly becoming a familiar voice at local venues and on the airwaves.

Bill’s most recent releases include the Bill Wood and The Woodies disc, Mumbo Jumbo Tumbo and 2018’s Cardinal, featuring the Wood Family Singers. He is currently recording a new Woodies album— next up is the first Bill & Burke album.

“Some singers, like Nick Lowe and Graham Parker, have the knack of reformatting the punk sneer and growl into something that perfectly fits the roots-rock template of their music. Bill Wood shares this talent.” —Peter Tomkins, R2 Magazine, (UK)

Listen to Bill Wood on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music.

 

Burke Carroll

If you are listening to any Canadian country, folk or Americana record and hear that haunting pedal steel sound, there’s a very good chance you’re hearing the work of Burke Carroll.

Burke, who studied in New York with David Leisner (Guitar co-chair, Manhattan School of Music) to develop playing techniques for the resophonic and pedal steel guitars, is now a teacher himself and an in-demand player. Burke has performed with (and has recorded with) Oh Susanna, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, Nathan, George Fox, The Bebop Cowboys, Kelly Trottier, Justin Rutledge and many more. He has also recorded with K-OS, Ron Hynes, Chris Coole, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Sarah Harmer, George Canyon, David Clayton-Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and Ian Tyson, among others.

Dec
15
Sun
Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm
Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze @ Old Church Theatre

Tony Vani and Kenny Pauze, a relatively new duo in the Quinte area blues scene but certainly not new to the music world; two highly seasoned musicians paired in this sizzling acoustic format for rare appearances. Tony Vani, from Belleville, Ontario, a skilled harmonica player/vocalist has performed in and around the Belleville area as a single act and as a group act for decades as well as the Kinston Blues Festival and the Frankford Blues Festival. Kenny Pauze, a gifted Delta Blues and Folk guitarist from Elgin Quebec, has played at clubs and festivals including the Ottawa Folk Festival and the Tremblant International Blues Festival.  The music focuses on blues and folk styles, yet covers a diverse range of styles from hot and feisty up tempo boogies, to down and dirty blues.


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Dec
18
Wed
House Party
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm
House Party @ Old Church Theatre

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

There will be wood fired pizza available (weather permitting) and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

Dec
19
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners “Homecoming” Show
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Red Dirt Skinners "Homecoming" Show @ Old Church Theatre

If you were one of the many who were unable to purchase a ticket for the Red Dirt Skinners show at Church on October you’re in luck – we’ve added an extra “homecoming” show for December 19. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years, the sublime genre-defying sound of the Red Dirt Skinners is created by husband and wife team, Rob and Sarah Skinner.


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“Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News 4/5
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love the Red Dirt Skinners
The Red Dirt Skinners have had significant success in both National and International awards in several genres. The Skinners’ refuse to be pigeonholed; their audiences always describe them as ‘refreshingly different’. Drawing on influences from more genres than would make sense to list, the Red Dirt Skinners’ sound is instantly recognisable.
Comfortably blending exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone and acoustic guitar, audiences fall in love with the Skinners sound.
Hailing originally from the South East of England, Rob and Sarah have both been musicians for the majority of their lives.
After winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014, Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones.
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
Advocates for finding the positives in every situation, Rob and Sarah spend much of their off-tour time encouraging new artists into the music scene and finding them performance opportunities.
In July 2017 it was deemed by Canadian Immigration that the Red Dirt Skinners were “performers of a world class level” and they were invited to become Canadian residents. Having already completed several successful Canadian tours, the Skinners were thrilled and honoured at the invitation and took up residency almost immediately.

From small beginnings in small venues, the Red Dirt Skinners swift rise in popularity sees them now commanding theatre audiences across Europe and North America.
A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship.